Letter from Leadership
Sabih Kahn was a shy sophomore at Richardson High School when he visited JA Finance Park with his class during the Fall semester. He worked with a professional volunteer to budget based on an assigned income, job, and family scenario and learned about the connection between academic excellence, career success, and a secure financial future. In the Spring, another JA volunteer came and talked to him about resumes, interviewing, career options, and how to navigate the high school to college to career pathway. Sabih was inspired, and subsequently found a job at a local custom clothier.
When I first met Sabih, he was coming straight from school to talk to the JA Dallas Board of Directors about his experience as a JA High School Heroes volunteer, another JA program he participated in during his senior year. I met an outgoing, confident young man who wore a suit to school every day, worked two jobs, and volunteered with various local nonprofits. Soon after, Sabih was the keynote speaker at the JA Dallas Business Hall of Fame, talking about his JA experience in front of more than 500 business and community leaders. Sabih’s JA experience had transformed him from a shy teenager to a college and career ready young adult.
In order to achieve 21st Century success, it is vital for kindergarten through twelfth grade students, like Sabih, to engage with professional role models who can share their experiences and life lessons. When a corporate or community Junior Achievement volunteer walks into the classroom, they are investing in our children’s dreams and aspirations and showing them a path to reaching their goals using JA’s financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship curriculum.
This year, more than 4,200 volunteers will inspire more than 47,000 students in the Dallas area with JA programs. This year, JA Dallas begins an expansion process with a goal of doubling the number of students inspired by JA volunteers and JA curriculum in five years. Your support of Junior Achievement of Dallas is essential as we grow. Help us empower the future.
You can be part of that definition of success. For more details on how you or your organization can make an even more meaningful difference in the lives of young people, please call JA’s office at (972) 690-8484. We hope you will explore the “volunteer” and “support JA” sections of our website. You may also connect with us by visiting JA of Dallas via social media on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or LinkedIn.
Chairman, JA Dallas Board of Directors